CSF: Commercial Space Could Add 1,700 Jobs in Florida

Artists' conception of a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral. (Credit: SpaceX)
Artists' conception of a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral. (Credit: SpaceX)

Commercial Space to add 1,700 Florida jobs but figure may be high
Orlando Sentinel

Sen. Bill Nelson is expected to announce in a speech on Thursday at the Kennedy Center Visitor Complex that if NASA relies on commercial rocket companies to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, 1,700 jobs would be created in Florida to help launch the rockets and crews.

The figure is the result of a study by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an umbrella group of companies and organizations promoting the development of commercial human spaceflight….

According to a federation release obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, if NASA invests $2.5 billion in private companies working on developing rockets and capsules capable of taking humans into low Earth orbit, the 1,700 Florida jobs would be created over five years.

Obama administration officials and aerospace industry executives say that the White House is considering investing up to $3 billion in commercial space over four years as part of a revamping of the agency’s current human space exploration plans.

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